Young at Heart
Gears pattern above by Tinybop‘s Melissa Jun.
The theme this month is Childhood, brought to you by Squarespace. As we discovered in our theme month around ’Play‘——it’s not just for kids. From designing wonderful products for children to keeping our own childlike sense of wonder alive, this month is all about embracing that smaller, carefree version of ourselves. We wanted to share a few things to help you get in touch with your inner child. Check them out.
Inflatable Toys by Fatra
In the early sixties and seventies, Czech toy design company Fatra teamed up with designer Libuše Niklová to carve out an untouchable niché in the history of Czech design, creating toys in plastic, a material that only became widely available following World War II. You can see her work in MoMA’s exhibition “Designing a Modern Women,” on display until 5 October 2014.
Plastic toys designed by Libuše Niklová.
While Fatra had to shut down their manufacturing back in 2000 due to competition from Chinese manufacturers, the toy company is making a comeback. They’ve teemed up modern Czech toy designers to create a line of playthings that pay homage to Libuše [below].
(via Cool Hunting)
A wonderful book of fifty whimsical illustrations by past San Francisco speaker George Zisiadis, Urban Imagination looks at cities and envisions how they could be more fun. From gumball parking meters to lane dividers with hidden messages, George’s book reminds us that you’re never too old to turn existing infrastructures on their head and rethink the world around you.
Flashing Card Set
The Flashing Card Set is a product by the folks at Bare Conductive, specialists in conductive inks and pants. This adorable set of cards contains all the materials you need to make three flashing greeting cards using Electric Paint, while teaching simple circuitry as well!
LEO The Maker Prince
A new book by designer Carla Diana, LEO The Maker Prince is a book for children that looks to inspire a new generation of makers. Taking a page from the popular book, The Little Prince, LEO the Maker Prince shares similar motifs such as staying creative and keeping an open mind. The book is published by Maker Media and is available on Amazon.
Ubbas Bath Cups
Designed as part of a school project, Rob Spalding created Ubbas Bath Cups as a way to educate and support LGBT families and their kids. Providing a way for parents to educate their children about bodies, these cups pee, love, and create a family. For each family of cups purchased, $2 per cup is donated to the Family Equality Council to fight for families’ rights outside the tub.
Century of the Child
MoMA’s Century of the Child exhibition was accompanied by this fantastic interactive site, documenting all the wonderful things you could discover at the physical exhibit from building blocks to school architecture. Check it out.
The Human Body
We fell in love with Tinybop when they released their first app, The Human Body, the first in what will soon be a series of immersive education games for kids. Intended for children, but just as enjoyable for adults as well (we promise!), The Human Body allows you to poke, probe, and examine the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. A great example of learning through play, experimentation, and inquiry, we’re excited to have Raul Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Tinybop, speaking at this month’s New York event.
Download it in the App Store for $2.99.
In the comments below, share your own links and inspiration below related to Childhood. What keeps you young? What inspires a sense of childlike wonder in your life?